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Missouri Courts Set New Rules for Bail

New policies concerning bail considertions will take effect beginning in early July.

The Missouri Highway Patrol has been asked to investigate the death of an inmate who was in the custody of the St. Francois County Jail.

William "Billy" Ames, 36, of Bismarck, died Sunday at the jail.

St. Francois County Capt. Greg Armstrong declined to comment to media on the circumstances surrounding Ames' death, referring all questions to the Missouri Highway Patrol. He said his department requested the patrol investigate on Tuesday.

Patrol Spokesperson Trooper Dallas Thompson said an autopsy was conducted Wednesday and they are waiting on the results of the autopsy which could take several weeks. He said initially they did not see any reason to indicate a suicide or that the man had been harmed by anyone else.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ames had been held on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and violating an order of protection for an adult. The charges were the result of offenses that occurred on Oct. 13. A warrant was issued on Nov. 2 for failure to appear in court and the warrant was served to him on Thursday. He was being held at the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. He was scheduled to go before a judge in an arraignment that was scheduled for Tuesday.

 
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